We found 9 radiation oncologists who accept Blue Shield of California near Stockton, CA.

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Dr. Parag Romit Sanghvi, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2466 1st Avenue; Suite B
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Parag Sanghvi specializes in radiation oncology. Dr. Sanghvi attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency. His areas of expertise include radiation therapy. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Sanghvi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with Scripps Health. Dr. Sanghvi has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Tahir Ijaz, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
2466 First Avenue; Suite B
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tahir Ijaz is a radiation oncologist in San Diego, CA and Encinitas, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include radiation therapy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ijaz accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Dr. Ijaz is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Huan B Giap, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2466 1st Avenue; Suite B
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Huan Giap is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Giap include stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Giap performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He speaks Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Giap is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Dr. Ramin Sean Pakbaz, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Neuroradiology
200 West Arbor Drive; #8756
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Pakbaz, who practices in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in radiation oncology and neuroradiology. In his practice, Dr. Pakbaz focuses on endovascular surgery. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Providence Hospital. He speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Pakbaz is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Endovascular Surgery

Dr. Donald Blake Fuller, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
2466 First Avenue; Suite B
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Donald Fuller's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Fuller include radiation therapy. Dr. Fuller is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and a graduate of LDS Hospital's residency program. Dr. Fuller is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Reza Shirazi, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
2466 1st Avenue; Suite B
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Reza Shirazi is a radiation oncologist. His areas of expertise include radiation therapy. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shirazi attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati for residency. He is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Shirazi has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Damon E Smith, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
2466 1st Avenue; Suite B
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Damon Smith is a specialist in radiation oncology. His areas of expertise include radiation therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Smith is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Smith honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Radiation Therapy

Dr. Andrew Sharabi, MD, PhD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
200 W Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Sharabi is a radiation oncology specialist. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
2466 1st Avenue; Suite B
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Yonina Tova is a specialist in radiation oncology. She honors Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the safe use of radiation to treat cancer. Usually, they will manage a patient’s entire radiation treatment, from the imaging that will guide decisions, to the choices about what kind of radiation therapy to use.

Radiation is one of the few substances that can kill cancer cells and even shrink tumors. It does this by damaging DNA. When DNA becomes sufficiently damaged, cells can no longer reproduce, and they stop growing and die. Cancer cells are more susceptible to radiation than healthy tissue, because they reproduce faster. So typically, cancer cells exposed to radiation will be affected faster than healthy cells will. However it’s still important to protect healthy tissue as much as possible.

There are three ways that radiation can be delivered to the body. It can come from outside the body, delivered by a machine in much the same way x-rays are taken. This is called external-beam radiation. Sometimes the radiation is delivered internally, which is called brachytherapy. Tiny pellets of radioactive material are placed directly onto the cancer, where they can release radiation for a period of time. Some cancers are best treated systemically, with radioactive substances that travel through the bloodstream. Radiation oncologists decide which type of radiation therapy is best, developing a treatment plan for each patient that maximizes the benefits of the radiation while minimizing the risk to any healthy tissue.

Radiation oncologists may work with other kinds of physicians, such as medical oncologists or surgeons, to treat their patients. Sometimes patients are anxious about radiation therapy because it sounds dangerous. But radiation therapy won’t turn you radioactive. It’s safe, and so effective against many different types of cancer that it is one of the most common cancer treatments. Depending on the treatment, it may not even have noticeable side effects.

Radiation oncologists can be important allies in your fight against cancer.
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